Christopher Marinello, formerly General Counsel for the Art Loss Register, has announced that he is setting up a rival operation, Art Recovery International, a London-based partnership that specialises in recovering stolen, missing, and looted works of art.
"I have assembled a small team of
legal experts and other professionals who offer discreet and
bespoke services to collectors, dealers, insurers, museums and
artists," he said.
"While our primary focus is on art
recovery and resolving complex title disputes, we also provide due
diligence services and provenance research. We will be active in
education on art crime and cultural heritage preservation and plan
on instituting a pro bono service for artists, eligible claimants,
and non-profit institutions."
Mr Marinello said that his team was
working with a number of developers to build what will be "the most
comprehensive central database of stolen and looted artwork, title
disputes, fakes and forgeries, and works that may be subject to
financial security interests".